…Marks event with pomp and pegeantry
The eve of Saturday, June 5, was a moment of joy as friends, colleagues, within the academia and government, gathered to felicitate with the Commisioner for Works and Fire Service, Professor Eno James Ibanga, as he marked his birthday.
Before the convergance of these personalites, the former Vice Chancellor of Akwa Ibom State Univerity, had already received accolates from friends who trooped to Facebook and other social media platforms to bid him happy birthday as he clocks three scores and five.
On the various platforms, Professor Ibanga meant different things to different people, and those who ventured to celebrate with this erudite Professor of physics, hailed him in various ways based on their personal and official relationship with the Mkpat Enin born Works and Fire Service Commissioner.
To the students, he means the great teacher, to his kinsmen and women, they described him as ayaka mmi, members of the State executive council such as Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini Enemobong,Commissioner of Agriculture,Mrs Glory Edet, Commissioner of Lands and Water Resources, Pastor Bassey Eno, Chairman, Uyo Capital City Development Agency, Enobong Uwah, the former PDP Chairman,Akwa Ibom State, Obong Paul Ekpo, among others, coined him as the master builder; contractors acknowledged Ibanga as the inspector, while those who had worked with him at the University of Uyo and the Akwa Ibom State University gave him the name comrade.
Others who shared the same faith with him christened him the pastor, to those who worked with him in the office, he remained the boss, those who have benefited from his wise counsel and advice knew him as the true mentor, good man, worthy benefactor, wonder of this century, rare gem, while his political associates called him political legend.
Some who benefited from his generousity clothed him philanthropist, amazing and available father to all, role model, erudite scholar, quintessential leader, a man of sterling qualities, priceless gift and lots more.
Back to his place of abode, the celebrator treated guests to sessions of speeches and merry- making.
The State Commissioner for Works and Fire Service, who was flanged by his dear wife, gave due appreciation to God for allowing him to mark another year.
By Imaobong Alexander
MOW & FS